08 September, 2015

[LISTEN] Zak Abel - Running From Myself

Ok, so "Running From Myself" may not be the track that's getting most of the plays over on wonder-teen Zak Abel's latest soundcloud playlist ("One Hand On The Future"), but it sure as hell got this authors attention right from the oh-so-funky beginning.

With a lyrical profoundness and depth beyond his meagre 19 years, Zak expresses his doubt and inner turmoil with ease, opening the first verse with "Ever felt like going somewhere else? Away from all this chaos. I've been questioning my mental ill". But its not just the lyrics that show maturity - his strong distinctive and soulful vocals (think Bill Withers and Gil Scott-Heron) are just the right balance for the track, being expressive and gravelly but at times as smooth as melted chocolate.

Hailing from North London, Zak has been writing since he was 15 and signed his first record deal at 17. He's even featured on the epic Wookie track "Higher" and has been seen most recently performing with Gorgon City.

The track develops. The funk increases. What's that? Your foot just won't stop tapping? Mine neither and I'm pretty confident that you'll find yourself singing that vocal/double bass hook for days. Needless to say It's All Indie love Zak and this track (nice rhyme). Take a listen below.

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